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Press Release – introduce expanded Career Service


TOP DOG Profiles, candidate advice and news of key industry moves, the web site of the Irish ICT Network, Ireland's largest professional ICT association today expanded its Career service. The improved offering now includes Top Dogs (management profiles), Career Ladder (Candidate advice), and On the Move (key hires or moves).

The new career service bolsters IrishDev’s Jobs Portal; Ireland’s first offering custom ICT RSS Job alerts, and the Networks commitment to supporting and promoting the ICT industry in Ireland. You can view the new service at:

Top Dogs will deliver senior management or exceptional thought leader interviews and profiles.
Aimed at encouraging and inspiring readers, the first Top dogs include Fiona O’Brien, Lenovo Ireland Country Manager (owners of IBM PC), Alan Devlin, Director of Web Factory and Shémas Eivers, MD Client Solutions.
An impressive line up; a new Top Dog will be added weekly and July continues with Phil Richardson, MD UK & IRL BEA Systems and Robert Finnegan, MD Three Ireland.

Career Ladder is a new section that provides weekly advice to job seekers and professional technologists. At launch it features seven original articles by staff writers and contributors from the ICT recruitment industry.

Local news about the new IBM R&D staff in Dublin or GS1 Ireland’s appointment of two senior management positions, added to breaking global announcements will fill “On the Move”, as reports on key hires and career movement within the ICT industry.

Like the Jobs Portal, all Careers content is available free on the web and via RSS syndication.

RSS enables internet users to subscribe to feeds that notify them of updates from a content provider. Today this enables CNN and BBC to broadcast latest stories to their RSS subscribers or Bloggers to update their readers as they post new articles. By reducing inbox clutter RSS has replaced email as the number one method of receiving content updates from web site providers. is the first Jobs Portal in Ireland to apply the system to delivering Job Alerts.

Using RSS instead of email provides a range of benefits to stakeholders. Like the web, RSS is free of the inbox and universally available.

Job Seekers are discreetly updated by their favourite desktop, web or mobile RSS reader without the need to constantly revisit a web site. Alerts are issued in real-time, so candidates gain a competitive advantage over non RSS job seekers as positions become available.

From basic searches like “Java Contract”, to complex plain English queries, “Show me the latest .NET jobs in Dublin from Peter at SHR”, our intelligent customisation system allows RSS subscribers to personalise the job alerts they receive.

Using RSS to escape the inbox removes spam, viral threats and reduces inbox clutter. It also allows candidates to keep up to date without being pressured to divulge their email addresses.

Recruiters benefit from faster responses to jobs advertised as the positions are delivered directly to candidates, meaning employers can initiate interviews ahead of rivals and agencies can qualify and present candidates ahead of their competitors.

Speaking at the launch Clare Dillon, from Microsoft Ireland said “Microsoft believe RSS is a very significant development and will be including the functionality within IE7, the next generation of web browser and Windows Vista, the next version of our operating system. It’s great to see RSS job alerts from and the growing Irish interest in RSS services.”
“Today our network reaches 2,000 email subscribers but nearly 10,000 RSS subscribers. As Rupert Murdoch said on acquiring, we are simply following the audience,” Patricia McGill, Director of FirstPort News.

“Jobs by RSS are so obvious but what other Irish Portal has the technical resources available to implement the system?” Neil Flynn, IT Pro Consultant at IT-Talent.

“RSS gives candidates a ‘live’ advantage over email subscribers when seeking a new role. For agencies it provides a faster response time and gets the jobs filled faster,” Cormac Moore, ICT Manager Eden Recruitment.

The Irish ICT Network is the professional technology association in Ireland, made up of over 2,100 ICT professionals. delivers content to over 160,000 readers each month and is syndicated to Google News, FM104 Radio and by our parent company FirstPort News Limited.

Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Edelman and Microsoft Ireland to provide a communications channel to the software industry, the network was acquired in 2006 by FirstPort News Limited.

About Jobs Portal:
Ireland’s first dedicated ICT Jobs Portal. Still in Q1 trading; it has attracted Google, Microsoft, Accenture, Amazon, local business and agency clients as advertisers.

The first Irish ICT portal to introduce personalised RSS Job Alerts that discreetly update clients without the need to constantly revisit a web site. RSS Alerts are issued in real-time, so candidates also gain a competitive advantage over non RSS job seekers as positions become available. (Separate release available:

July 12, 2006